After struggling with my weight the last 15 years, I joined FA in June of this year for the Summer Body challenge and it’s forever changed my life. It’s easy to talk about weight loss when you’re thinner, but when I joined, I was tipping the scales at just under 200lbs and I felt awful about myself. I could barely stand to look in a mirror. Just taking a before photo of myself made me depressed–but you have to do it because it will really put things in perspective for you during your journey. By the end of July, I decided to embark on the Fall bikini challenge and it was the best decision I’ve made. The program is strict and you have to work hard for the amazing results you see, but nothing worth it is ever easy or everyone would do it. FA’s biggest asset is something that really can’t be bought. You can get a diet and exercise program anywhere—it’s the people and support that are priceless. On your most challenging days, you will have a team of incredible, strong, beautiful women that will lift you up (or literally pick you up) when you’re down and make you laugh throughout the process. I’ve formed life-long friendships with these women and transformed my body into the best shape of my adult life. In 15 weeks, I lost 40 pounds and I’m so excited to continue on this journey of fitness and well-being. Getting on that stage for the competition was one of the most awesome, incredible days of my life. I’m grateful to Bonnie, FA and the friends are now like family. This program will challenge you, but you will grow in ways you never imagined.